|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin:
however slight, between any two forms, if not blended by intermediate
gradations, are looked at by most naturalists as sufficient to raise both
forms to the rank of species. Hereafter we shall be compelled to
acknowledge that the only distinction between species and well-marked
varieties is, that the latter are known, or believed, to be connected at
the present day by intermediate gradations, whereas species were formerly
thus connected. Hence, without quite rejecting the consideration of the
present existence of intermediate gradations between any two forms, we
shall be led to weigh more carefully and to value higher the actual amount
of difference between them. It is quite possible that forms now generally
acknowledged to be merely varieties may hereafter be thought worthy of
On the Origin of Species
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Ion by Plato:
wings of the wind (Il.).'
These are the sort of things which I should say that the prophet ought to
consider and determine.
ION: And you are quite right, Socrates, in saying so.
SOCRATES: Yes, Ion, and you are right also. And as I have selected from
the Iliad and Odyssee for you passages which describe the office of the
prophet and the physician and the fisherman, do you, who know Homer so much
better than I do, Ion, select for me passages which relate to the rhapsode
and the rhapsode's art, and which the rhapsode ought to examine and judge
of better than other men.
ION: All passages, I should say, Socrates.